Category Archives: Hiking Trails

Hiking, Backpacking, Trekking Trails and guides worldwide! The following list is of hiking areas around Canada and throughout the world. Have a hiking trail in mind? If you are looking for a hiking trail, type the name of the Trail into the search box at the top right above and search. The hiking trails that have been written on by TracksAndTrails Authors are not on the map yet. If you are interested in helping add them so visitors can view the trail head on the camping map, please let me know via the contact page.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Part 5

Mountain Pine Beetle

Free CampingMore than 40 percent of the recreation sites and trails have been impacted by mountain pine beetle. Dead and dying trees on recreation sites and trails presents a significant public safety hazards due to potential tree failure and windfall. In 2008 and 2009, the Federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program provided $1.435 M over the 2 year period to assist with the removal of hazard trees and fuel accumulation from impacted 200 recreation sites and trails. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Community Development Trust, Job Opportunities

Program assisted in mitigating impact of mountain pine beetle at recreation sites and trails. The beetle infestation continues to spread and field reconnaissance indicates that additional long term treatments are required to address public safety issues at recreation sites and trails.

Marketing Recreation Sites and Trails

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Idaho Lake

Recreation Sites are an important part of the Province’s tourism infrastructure and play a key role in government’s goal of doubling tourism revenue by 2015. Recreation Sites and Trails are critical to growing the domestic tourism sector.

A Market Development Plan for Recreation Sites was developed in 2008. The name “Recreation Sites and Trails BC” was officially branded by the Province’s Public Affairs Bureau. Marketing products such as a new website, upgrades to the interactive web map, Facebook, display material, maps, and rack cards were produced in 2009 with funding from the BC 150 Legacy Fund.

The interactive map on the Ministry website assists the public in locating recreation sites and determining the facilities at each site (e.g., number of campsites, boat launches and other facilities). Information on trails is expected to be added before May 2011.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Part 4

Capital Improvement Program

Recreation Sites and Trails:

Free CampingCapital Improvements at recreation sites and trails began in 1971. Since then, more than 250 capital investment projects amounting to more than $20 M have been completed. The accumulated amortization is approximately $8 M and the net book value is in excess of $10 M.

In 2010/11, 21 recreation sites and 4 trails were upgraded and redeveloped at the following districts.

Discovery Coast District

Cougar Creek, Roberts Lake, Vernon Lake and Muchalat Lake

Recreation Sites

Kalum/North Coast

Sawmill Lake Recreation Site

Vanderhoof/Ft St James District

Cobb Lake Recreation Site

Prince George/Mackenzie District

Summit Lake, Bobtail Lake and Crystal Lake Recreation Sites

Nadina Skeena Stikine District

Boer Mountain and Chapman Lake Recreation Sites

Cascades District

China Ridge and Harmon/Kane Recreation Trails

Quesnel Central Cariboo District

Chimney Lake Recreation Site

Kamloops District

Johnson Lake and Brennan Creek Recreation Sites

100 Mile House Chilcotin District

Greeny Lake North Recreation Site

Columbia District

Eagle Bay Recreation Site

Kootenay/Boundary District

Howser, North Star and Boundary Lake Recreation Sites

Rocky Mountain District

Ha Ha Lake Recreation Site

Okanagan District

Swalwell Recreation Site and Bear Creek, and Vista Pass Trails

Spirit of 2010 Trail

Free CampingIn 2010/11, a total of $1.13 M in provincial funding through the Capital Planning Secretariat and $1 M in federal funding through Infrastructure Stimulus Funds will be directed towards projects aimed at helping to complete and enhance sections of the trail near Crescent Valley, Castlegar, Christina Lake, Rock Creek, Naramata, Summerland, Princeton, and a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail in the Chilliwack River Valley.

The funding will support a number of development and enhancements projects along the length of the Spirit of 2010 Trail including:

• the resurfacing of up to 35km of trail at a number of locations

• the installation of trail heads and signage at Castlegar, Rock Creek and other locations

• the restoration of trails at various washed out areas

• the repair and provision of safety enhancements for historic tunnels and structures including the Bulldog and Coykendahl tunnels near Castlegar

• the installation of fencing in agriculture areas

• the replacement of aging culverts

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Part 2

Description of Spirit of 2010 Trail

The Spirit of 2010 Trail is a network of five former rail corridors, approximately 800 kilometres in length that are owned by the Province and have been converted to recreation trails for primarily non-motorized use.

Free CampingAn estimated $43 M has been invested on acquiring the trail bed and upgrading infrastructure (e.g., bridges, trestles, signage, parking facilities).

It is estimated that the Spirit of 2010 Trail will generate in excess of $10 M annually in tourism revenues that will benefit many rural communities.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, the Ministry of Transportation, Tourism BC and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts was signed in 2007 to facilitate the development of a management plan and governance model for this world-class trail.

An Order to establish the Spirit of 2010 Trail as a recreation trail under Section 56 of the Forest and Range Practices Act under the jurisdiction of the MNRO is ready for the Minister to approve and sign.

Linkages to Government Goals

A strong recreation sites and trails program:

• promotes healthy living and physical fitness;

• fosters sustainable environmental management; and

• contributes to job creation and a strong economy

Free CampingLegislative Authority

The legislative authority for managing British Columbia’s recreation sites and

trails is set out in the Forest and Range Practices Act. (Transferred from Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts (MTCA) to the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations (MNRO) in October 2010)

Minister of Natural Resource Operations has the authority to:

• establish or cancel recreation sites and trails on Crown land;

• authorize trail and other recreation facilities proposed by the public;

• establish an order that restricts public recreation activities on Crown land in order to protect a recreation resource or resolve conflicting recreation uses;

• enter into an agreement with a person to manage a recreation site or trail; and

• establish regulations concerning the use of recreation sites and trails

The Forest Recreation Regulation enables the Minister to set user fees at recreation sites and trails to cover the cost of services provided and establishes rules concerning use.

The authority to establish recreation sites and trails will be delegated to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Provincial Operations. The remaining authorities will be delegated to the Director and Regional Managers, as was the case when the program was within MTCA

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Part 1

Purpose of Program

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Mosquito Lake

The purpose of Recreation Sites and Trails BC is to:

• develop, maintain and market a network of 1,319 recreation sites and 818 recreation trails to provide safe, quality recreation opportunities for the public;

• manage, in collaboration with other Ministry of Natural Resource Operations (MNRO) business lines, public recreation use on Crown land outside recreation sites and trails; and

• develop, maintain and market, in collaboration with other provincial agencies and local government, British Columbia’s 800 plus kilometres of rail trails, branded “The Spirit of 2010 Trail”.

Free CampingDescription of Recreation Sites and Trails

Recreation Sites and Trails are located on Crown lands outside Parks and settled areas and are managed within an integrated management framework along with harvesting, range, commercial recreation and other activities and uses.


Recreation Sites are rustic:

• with only basic facilities such as toilets, fire rings and picnic tables

• no electricity or potable water is provided

• accessed by gravel forestry roads

• majority are not supervised

Mapot-Masulog Trail on Mount Canlaon in the Philippines

Mt. Canlaon (Mapot-Masulog Trail)
Canlaon City, Negros Oriental
LLA: 10°24’44″N, 123°7’55″E, 2435 MASL

Mt. Canlaon, also known as Kanlaon Volcano and or Mount Kanla-on, sits in the provnices of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental estimated to be just 40 kilometers from Bacolod City. It is one the listed active volcanoes in the Philippines, and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

The volcano’s summit consist of a caldera with a crater lake, and a smaller more active crater is located south. Being an active volcano, it is home to some hotspring: Mambucal Hot Springs on the northwest, Bucalan Hot Spring, Bungol Hot Spring.

Although the forests of Wasay trail are supreme, the Canlaon City trail is rich in views, affording photographic wonders from Day 1 onwards. It also enables a camp down at Margaja Valley, whose ground is filled by water during rainy season, hence it is also known as ‘Margaja Lake’. It also gives a fresh perspective on the volcano, since the climb is on the east face of the mountain. It is closer to Dumaguete City and thus affords easier access to sidetrips such as the famed island Siquijor and Cebu itself, where mountains such as Osmeña peak beckon. – Pinoy Mountaineer.

Check out these links for other info on this volcano.


Maligne Lake and Spirit Island in the Alberta Rocky Mountains

Maligne Lake has been said to be one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. Some call it Paradise and others, Heaven.

Spirit Island on Maligne Lake is probably one of the most photographed islands in the world. The view takes your breath away and leaves you speechless.

Trailpeak has some great directions and photographs.

And for very nice photo’s of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake check out Flickr

Iceland Vatnajökull national park and Landmannalaugar

Imagine a country that defines the term “backcountry” and you have Iceland. The main highway pretty much requires a 4×4. Water crossings a frequent, even on the main road circling the island, and pavement is reserved only for the capital city of Reykjavík.

I spent 3 weeks in Iceland in August, and weather-wise, it could have been Newfoundland. Kinda gloomy and overcast, but it seemed the sun would always come out when we stopped for a hike.

One of my favourites was in Vatnajökull national park. jökull means glacier. The trail made its was from sea level up into the mountains and to the glacier covered volcano, passing a series of waterfalls on the way. It was not a beginner hike. Once near the top, the network of possible trails was impressive. you could easily spend months hiking trails in the park and never step on the same trail twice. this park is located in the south east part of iceland.

Another sweet hike more inland pushed through fields of obsidian and fluffy white flowers (weeds?) in Landmannalaugar. Again, the trail possibilities were endless and the scenery was incredible. In a few hours we walked through many places that no other place on earth can offer. There were ridge walks, valleys to explore, obsidian everywhere and bubbling hotsprings of mud and acid.

From hiking up and across rivers to spectacular water falls, walking on the edge of crazy pressure craters, and finding random sheep in the wierdest places, iceland is one of the greatest places i have ever hiked.

How to Survive a Forest Fire while Hiking or Camping

Forest fires have become five times more frequent and six-time more destructive in recent times due to global warming and climate change. Take your ten hiking essentials such as Binocular, Two-way radio and Compass along with you even you are on a small day hike
Forest fires are based upon something known as the fire triangle. A forest fire needs heat, oxygen, and fuel to spread. Destroying the supply of any one of these elements will help extinguish the forest fire. Ground fires occur at the ground level beneath the branches. Surface fires can be about 1.3 meters high. Crown fires generally spread through treetops. These are very dangerous. They might be fuelled by surface fire.

A larger percentage of forest fires happen due to human neglect
Seek professional medical help immediately after reaching a nearby town. You might have unnoticed burns, or you could have inhaled the smoke, both of which needs to be assessed properly by a doctor — victims of traumatic experiences such as getting caught in a wildfire tent to suffer from anxiety disorders like PTS. If you or anyone you know who has recently survived a wildfire is experiencing symptoms such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety, make sure to consult a psychiatrist. For more information on surviving a wildfire, visit

how to survive a forest fire while hiking

Hiking Tours in Armenia

Hiking tours in Armenia on june join us on our Facebook page:

Summer of your dreams in Armenia…We want to invite you to participate in our hiking trips to the most beautiful sights of Armenia! Our events starts on June 3 and ends on June 10!!!
Hiking trips on remote trails of Armenia, watching wildlife, nature and historic places is an adventure vacation you’ll remember the rest of your life. You’ll explore the fascinating beauty of the Armenian landscapes, its colorful mountains and deep gorges, wild flowers and alpine lakes, forested mountains and medieval monasteries hidden there. Explore the exotic beauty of Armenia…

To learn more about the itinerary, please, visit this link:

For those who are going to stay here for a longer time we have 2 side trips!
1. Mount Aragats Climbing from Lake Kari
2. Hiking in Mountainous Karabagh Republic and Jermuk for 3 days

For more information, please, contact us:
Skype: exoticarmeniatours (We are online most of the day!We would be glad to answer your quetions online!)

Welcome to Armenia… Via Exotic Armenia… Enjoy Armenia… Love Armenia… Dream Armenia

hiking in Mount Longonot

Kenya is a beautiful country endowed with wildlife,fantastic weather not to mention world famous athletes.

Another attraction this tourist-haven country has is different hiking and mount climbing sites like mount Longonot.Mount Longonot is a dormant volcanic mountain located southeast of lake Naivasha in the great Rift Valley Kenya.

Mount Longonot is 60km Northwest of Nairobi and its a smooth 1 hour  drive all the way there thanks to the ultra-modern tarmac highway from Nairobi to Nakuru.

Longonot is the small town in which mount Longonot sits, this town has seen tremendous change thanks to the tourist activity that has transformed the once sleepy town into a major tourist site in Kenya and East Africa.

The name Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot which means land of many steep ridges or mountains of spurs.

Getting to the mountain is fairly easy and there is a trail that stretches about 9 km, this is the trail that leads to the peak gate and takes roughly 5hrs of hiking.

The crater floor is covered by trees creating a splendid forest-like habitat which is home to the gorgeous zebras, the Majestic Giraffes, and Buffalo.

Mount Longonot is a perfect hiking destination particularly because of the awesome view of the Great Rift valley, come enjoy the fresh air and gaze at the colorful zebras and their stripes of beauty!.

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Hiking in Mount Kenya

Conquering a mountain and getting to the peak could be considered the most rewarding and exciting activity for any hiking or outdoor adventure enthusiast.

Well if you’re looking for an exciting,fun-filled,and thrilling hiking experience, then the majestic mount Kenya awaits you.

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa at 5,199 m (17,058 feet) the highest mountain being mount Kilimanjaro.

The mountain is formed by three main peaks which consist of point Batian which is the topmost peak at 5,199 followed by Nelion at 5,188m and last Lenana 4,985.

Climbing mount Kenya will give you the ultimate outdoor adventure and you can experience different vegetation,encounter rare species of animals and have a chance to withhold Kenya’s beautiful landscape.

Expect to find well cultivated farmlands on the lower slopes on your way up, pass through rain forest,then onto a bamboo zone some can  grow up to 12m.

Higher up into the moorlands and the forest, is home to many wildlife like monkeys,elephants and buffalo.

the rock hyrax is one of the most beautiful animal in the antelope species and this animals can be found in their natural habitat high up just before you get to the top, eagles and sun birds also build their nests there.

Grab your trekking gear, get into your spirit of adventure and come to mount Kenya, but beware! the Kenyan landscapes,beautiful grasslands,open plains and wildlife are know to ensnare most visitors and trap them into staying here for good never to return home.

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Hiker, Backpacker, Trekker - Writer - Outdoor Legend - Meet Chris Townsend!

He is a living hiking legend! Hiker, backpacker, trekker and author, Chis Townsend has ample reason to be called a living legend. He has hiked thousands of kilometers in all corners of the globe including many long distance treks in North America such as the Pacific Coast Trail (Mexico to Canada) and the Continental Divide Trail. In addition to co-authoring several books and being the equipment editor of TGO Magazine, Chris shares his outdoor experiences in 17 books, of which most are illustrated with his own photographs. One of the favourites being the Backpackers Handbook

I am deeply grateful to Chris Townsend for taking the time to complete the following interview with Tracks And Trails . I specially liked the perfect camp experience as noted in the interview and your advice on why a backpacker needs a quality map when you were “Temporarily unsure of your whereabouts”. 🙂 – Thanks again Chris!

How and where were you introduced to the outdoors?

As a child in the countryside around the village of Formby on the Lancashire coast in northern England. Here I explored woods and fields, sand dunes and beaches, and grew to love nature and wild places. The area is flat – twenty foot sand dunes being the only hills – and certainly not wilderness but with enough woods and wildness to impress a young boy.

What has been your favourite outdoor recreations area?

Impossible to answer! There are so many. If I was forced to pick favourites I’d go for the High Sierra, the Grand Canyon and the Scottish Highlands which are all very different and offer contrasting experiences.

Please share an outdoor story related to one of the above areas.

When I hiked the Arizona Trail I couldn’t predict the date on which I’d arrive at the Grand Canyon (I hate rigid itineraries anyway!) so I didn’t have a permit to camp in the Canyon, which I wanted to do. When I reached the South Rim I stood in line for one of the permits issued on the day, hoping one for one of the campgrounds on the Bright Angel or North Kaibab Trails. Unsurprisingly these were all taken. The ranger suggested going off on a side trail to where I could camp wild. This turned out to be a wonderful idea as it resulted in the finest camp of the whole hike. I left the popular routes shortly past Phantom Ranch and took the Clear Creek Trail as darkness fell. After several miles I stopped and simply laid my sleeping bag down away from the trail on a flat patch of stony ground. All around dark cliffs rose into the star-filled sky. The silence was immense. Dawn came with the sun slowly lighting up the multi-coloured rocks as the vastness of the Canyon was revealed. I would not have wanted to be anywhere else. It was a glorious morning.

Have you ever experienced a wilderness medical emergency or been lost in the wilderness? If so please describe this adventure and any lessons learned.

I dislike the word “lost”. “Temporarily unsure of my whereabouts” sounds much better! On my walk the length of the Canadian Rockies I did spend a week when I couldn’t have found my position on a map to within twenty miles. But I knew that as long as I walked northwards I would eventually hit a road and I duly did so, feeling very relieved as I’d been out of food for several days. What I learnt was to have decent maps. My supply box had failed to arrive and I’d only been able to get small scale black and white maps locally. I should have gone to a bigger town and bought proper topo maps. Still, it made for an interesting experience.

Can you share any unique encounters with wild animals?

I don’t think any of my encounters with animals are unique but many are memorable and important to me. My first meeting with a grizzly bear is still sharp in my mind 22 years later. I was above timberline in the Canadian Rockies on a rainy day, hiking with my hood up and head down and not paying enough attention to my surroundings when I caught a movement off to one side. I looked up and saw a grizzly bear coming towards me. I’d never seen a grizzly before but I was in no doubt. This dwarfed the black bears I’d encountered. I moved along the trail, made a noise and the bear turned away and disappeared into some brush. So nothing really happened. But I was thrilled just to see one of these magnificent animals in its natural habitat.

If not previously mentioned, have you ever completed a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip and what nuggets of wisdom did you glean from it?

I’ve completed many long-distance trips. What I’ve learnt is that there’s a qualitative as well as a quantative difference between a short trip – a month or less – and a long one. A short trip is a break from everyday life, a long trip becomes every day. Hiking and camping is what you do, day after day, week after week, month after month. And this means that the mechanics of living in the wilds become automatic so you can experience nature more deeply without concerns over practicalities getting in the way.

What is your favourite outdoor website? I’m biased here as I write for TGO. I’ll also mention And admit another bias as I’ve written for that site as well.

What is your favourite outdoor hiking gear store?

On the web it’s In bricks and mortar it’s Mountain Spirit and Cairngorm Mountain Sports in Aviemore in the Cairngorms, which are the nearest to my home.

Please visit Chris Townsend’s Blog


Thanks again for the interview Mr. Townsend! Not wanting to abandon your years of wisdom and thousands of miles of experience with just this interview, I have purchased my first Chris Townsend book, Backpacker’s Pocket Guide
. While I am an avid hiker, searching through the viewable pages online, I realized that even I need to review the basics of hiking and backpacking and glean any nuggets of your wisdom and share them with any backpacking companions.

GDT - The Great Divide Trail and CDT - Continental Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail is the Canadian portion of the Continental Divide Trail. The Continental Divide Trail or CDT is 3,100 miles long and stretches from Canada to Mexico.  It snakes across five states along the backbone of the USA. The CDN connects rugged, open spaces like the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, the San Juans in Colorado, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the Big Hole in Idaho and the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana.

The Great Divide Trail or GDT begins inWaterton Lakes National Park at the Canada-US border (where it connects with the Continental Divide Trail) and ends in Kakwa Provincial Park north of Jasper National Park.

Great Divide Trail Map

Great Divide Trail Map- Canadian Rocky Mountain Route (Used with permisiion and adapted from

The GDT is not officially recognized by Parks Canada and therefore is not signed and not always even an actual trail, sometimes merely a wilderness route. The GDT passes through five National Parks: Waterton Lakes, Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper; seven Provincial Parks: Akamina-Kishinena, Elk Lakes, Peter Lougheed, Height of the Rockies, Mount Assiniboine, Mount Robson and Kakwa; four wilderness areas: Beehive Natural Area, Kananaskis Country, White Goat Wilderness and Willmore Wilderness Area; and five forest districts: Castle, Bow/Crow, Cranbrook, Golden and Robson Valley.

FeatherCraft Folding Kayak and Doug Simpson

A commute to work may not be any more calming than the commute that Doug Simpson travels to the FeatherCraft plant on Granville Island near Vancouver, British Columbia 3 days per week.

As the designer and founder of the fold up FeatherCraft Kayak, Doug Simpson relaxes his mind as he kayaks to his plant three days per week. There may not be better commute. Since the 70’s his beautiful watercraft creation has evolved from a crude design with an old pink skirt pulled over as his “skin” to a perfect craft that is near perfect in design and appeal. She is beautiful on the water and what really makes this kayak unique is that it can fold up and be carried in a large backpack. The assembly may take 30 minutes but when used often can be done in just a few.

This kayak has travelled around the world with Doug and other seafaring folk. Read more of Doug’s beauty and history on this FeatherCraft blog post.

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Canadians called on to build Canada’s First National Parks Bucket List!

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Parks Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), is inviting Canadians to join in building Canada’s first national parks bucket list. The “Park Dreams Contest: What’s on your bucket list?” (, will run until August 24th and asks Canadians to share their national park dreams. The grand prize for this Facebook-based contest is a dream trip for two to Nahanni National Park Reserve, courtesy of Nahanni River Adventures, valued at over $10,000.

The “Park Dreams Contest” asks people to share in 50 words or less a dream experience they’ve already had or wish for in any one of Canada’s 42 national parks. The topic is wide, and CPAWS is looking for dreams ranging from the wildest excursion to the most stunning view. There will be a two-week voting period after the closing date to help determine which 100 dreams will make it onto Canada’s first national parks bucket list.

The top-voted dream will win the grand prize trip for two to the Nahanni and the two runners up will receive great prize packages including a Mountain Equipment Co-Op shopping spree, Parks Canada Family Discovery Passes, great gear by CPAWS and a year’s subscription to Explore Magazine. All participants will also be eligible for great weekly prizes! Watch out for the 24 hours “takeover”-24 additional prizes to win!

“This is an opportunity for Canadians to share their dream experiences in our national parks. We encourage everyone who has ever been to a national park, or dreams of getting to one, to share their ideas. We have amazing natural treasures in our parks and this is a year to celebrate them,” says CPAWS National Executive Director, Éric Hébert-Daly.

Watch out for the 24hours Takeover July 22nd! Win a customized overnight getaway with six of your friends in your favorite national park! Enter your park dream on July 22nd and qualify for the 24Hours Takeover prize pack (valued at over $1000)! Experience your park like never before with custom activities, a tour by Parks Canada staff and much more!

Contact: Holly Postlethwaite, or (613) 569-7226 ext.232

Special thanks to our contest partners: Fun, Eco-Friendly Gifts that Give Back
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Parks Canada
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